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  • Miho no Matsubara Pine Grove
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Shimizu-ku Miho
    "Miho no Matsubara is a scenic area located on the Miho Peninsula in Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka City. It is famous for a roughly 7km long stretch of beach that is lined with around 30,000 pine trees, and because of its association with the famous Legend of Hagoromono (""Feathered Robe""); there is one particular pine tree, called the ""Hagoromo no Pine Tree,"" on which, according to the legend, a celestial being who had been flying over the beach hung her feathered garment so that she could bathe in the sea. Miho no Matsubara's beautiful scenery has made it the subject matter of countless paintings and poems over the centuries, including Utagawa Hiroshige's ""Famous Views of the Sixty Noted Provinces"" and ""Pine Groves of Miho in Suruga Province."" In 2013, the Miho no Matsubara pine groves were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the ""Fujisan, Sacred Place and Source of Artistic Inspiration"" World Heritage site."
  • Jogasaki Coast
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Futo
    This coastal area southwest of Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture was formed some 4,000 years ago when Mt. Omuro erupted and lava flowed into the ocean, after which the waves eroded the rock over many years, creating rough and precipitous cliffs. There is a nine kilometer long “Picnical Course” hiking trail following the peninsula renowned as a key sightseeing destination in Izu. Notable locations along the course include the thrilling 48 meter long, 23 meter high Kadowaki Suspension Bridge and the Kadowakisaki Lighthouse, which also has a viewing platform for visitors. In addition to offering beautiful views of the Seven Islands of Izu, the area is also a popular diving spot.
  • Amaharashi Coast
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Pref. Takaokashi Ota
    At the Amaharashi Coast Quasi-National Park, visitors standing on the beach can enjoy spectacular views of the rocky islets offshore and of the majestic Tateyama Mountains in the distance that seem to float above Toyama Bay; every season brings its own unique scenery. The stretch of coastline that extends from the Amaharashi Coast to Matsudae-no-Nagahama in Himi City has been ranked as one of Japan’s “Top 100 White Sand and Green Pines Beaches” and as one of “Japan’s 100 Best Beaches.” Otomo no Yakamochi, the poet and compiler of the Man’yoshu poetry anthology, was deeply impressed by the scenery of the Amaharashi Coast; his many poems in praise of the area were a major factor in its becoming so famous.
  • Inasanohama Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukikita Inasa
    A sandy beach located about a kilometer west of the Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture. The beach appears in the “Kuni-yuzuri,” a legend relating the transfer of the rulership of Japan to the gods of Heaven described in ancient texts such as the “Kojiki” and the “Nihonshoki,” as well as the legend of the “Kuni-biki” written in the “Izumo no Kuni Fudoki.” Highlights include a sheer cliff where the gods Okuninushi and Takemikazuchi negotiated for the transfer of the ownership of the land; and Bentenjima, an island where the goddess Toyotama-hime is enshrined. Two famous Shinto rituals are conducted on the beach—the Shiokumi Shinji, held early on the morning of the first day of every month; and the Kamimukae no Shinji, held on the 10th of October according to the old calendar. The beach’s waters are shallow and the coast is beautiful, and many people come here in summer to swim and enjoy beach going.
  • Jodogahama Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Miyakoshi Hitachihamachou 32
    This beach is adorned with sharp white rock formations, creating an other-worldly atmosphere. The name Jodogahama refers to the Buddhist “Pure Land.” The beach is filled with bathers in summer. The rock formations visible include flow structures formed by rolling lava, and plate shaped fractures called “joints” formed when magma cools rapidly. The unusual geology led to this area being designated a Sanriku Fukko (reconstruction) National Park & Sanriku Geopark.
  • Zushi Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Zushishi Zushi 3-2-33
    The coastline facing Sagami Bay is called Zushi Beach. It's known for its shallow water and calm waves and it gets packed with sea bathers when the hot season arrives. They hold the Zushi Beach Fireworks in summer and a horseback archery event in November. Its monument commemorating the Shintaro Ishihara novel The Season of the Sun is famous. The nearest stations are Zushi Station on the JR Line and Shinzushi Station on the Keikyu Zushi Line.
  • Shichirigahama
    Travel / Tourism
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Shichirigahama
    This beach’s name, meaning “seven ri beach,” comes from the fact that it extends seven ri (an ancient Japanese unit of distance approximately 3.9 kilometers long) from Inamuragasaki to the Koyurugi Peninsula. Renowned for its beautiful view of Enoshima and Mt. Fuji, the area frequently appears in ukiyo-e and in the lines of kabuki plays. The area was also once open as a swimming beach, but today swimming is prohibited along its entire length.
  • Shirasaki Coast
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Hidakagunyurachou Obiki
    This is the shoreline of the Yura Town of Hidaka County. This area is the Wakayama Prefecture Shirasaki Coastal Natural Park, selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Shorelines. The outcropping cliffs are ideal for diving, fishing, and other leisure activities for which a roadside station and a campsite are available. This coast is also planted with over 100,000 daffodils are scattered across the coastline. During the season when the clusters of yellow and white blooms are at their peak, the tufts of flourishing colors sweep the beautiful coast.
  • Nanaura Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Yasurachouato
    This beach front is in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture. From this sandy beach with gentle waves, you can look across the water to the far shores of islands in the Seto Inland Sea including Toyoshima island and Kamagari island. This beach always draws crowds of swimmers during the summer season. There are a cafe in the area as well as BBQ spots along the beach where you can enjoy BBQ with making reservations in advance.
  • Katsurahama Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Kureshi Kurahashichou
    This sandy beach in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture, is used as a swimming area during the summer. Its beautiful scenery made an appearance in the 8th century Manyoshu collection of poetry and has been selected for both Japan’s top 100 beaches and Japan’s top 100 scenes of white sand and green pines. There is also a nearby stone monument dedicated to the Manyoshu. The beach draws many tourists.
  • Mikasa-no-Hama Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Hatsukaichishi Miyajimachou
    This beach is in Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Through the approach to Itsukushima Shrine, lined with stone lanterns, there is a large Torii gate standing out in the water before you. You can play in the water around the Torii gate and walk right up close to it during low tide. The beauty of the setting sun with the Torii gate has made this a popular scenic spot.
  • Setoda Sunset Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Setodachoutarumi
    This beach is located in the Seaside Sport Park in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, and has almost 800 meters of white sand beach along with crystal clear waters, leading it to be chosen as one of Japan’s top 88 beaches. There are shower facilities, locker rooms and restaurants on site. The beach is a famous location to watch the sunset and draws large crowds. It is open from July to August every year.
  • Kotogahama Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Odashi Nimachoumaji
    "This beach, called ""Kotogahama"", is famous for the legend of ""Koto Hime"" which tells the story that this coast was where the princess of the Heike family arrived after losing the battle of Dannoura, the final battle of the Genpei War. The two-kilometer-long coast line with beautiful tiny shells is famous as the sand sounds like a Japanese harp when walking on it. The beach was chosen as one of ""100 Soundscapes of Japan"" and ""Japan's 100 most beautiful beaches"" in 1996. "
  • Iwami Tatamigaura Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Hamadashi Kokubuchou
    "This is ""Iwami Tatamigaura"" beach, a nationally designated Natural Monument, where visitors can walk along the rock formations from around 16 million years ago. It is a place where visitors can see rare sights such as the fossils of shells and whales and traces of nodules and magma. Free tours from a volunteer guide are available on Sundays and national holidays from March to June and September to November. "
  • Nakazato Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Chouseigunshirakomachi Nakazato
    Nakazato Beach is in Nakazato in the town of Shirako in Chosei County. Shirako is known as the original home of the beach seine in the Kujukuri region, and every once in a while, tourists can try their hand at fishing in this manner free of charge. Under the guidance of a local fisherman, participants can pull in the net and catch fish such as sardines or horse mackerel.
  • Heisaura Coast
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Tateyamashi Fujiwara
    This natural coast stretches along the Boso Flower Line on the southern tip of the Boso Peninsula, and its sandy beaches continue for approximately five kilometers. It was chosen as one of the Japan's 100 Best Beaches with White Sand and Blue Pine because of the beautiful Japanese black pine trees planted for storms. In addition, it is known as a surfing spot, and has become a place that bustles with many surfers.
  • Ushigome Clam Digging Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Kisaradushi Ushigome 1434-3
    This beach is in Ushigome, Kisarazu City. It's a well-known clamming spot, and from late March to early July visitors dig for them in the expansive tidal flat that extends several hundred meters from shore. The convenience of an adjoining parking lot and proximity to Mitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu ensures a flood of visitors every clamming season.
  • Iwai Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Minamibousoushi Kushi Ground point
    "This beach with its calm, shallow sea is a great place for kids to play and a beautiful spot to watch the sunset. Mt. Tomi, a setting in the historic novel ""The Chronicles of the Eight Dog Heroes of the Satomi Clan of Nanso,"" is in the vicinity, and the lovely natural surroundings include flower gardens too. There are lots of inns nearby, and the beach has events like seafood barbecues and programs for activities like dragnet fishing. "
  • Shinmaiko Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Tatsunoshi Mitsuchoukurosaki
    A shallow coastal beach area considered one of the most beautiful in the Kinki region, an area with numerous such locations. The beach is located in Setonaikai National Park a 25-minute drive from the Chuji interchange on the Himeji By-pass or a 30-minute drive from the Tatsuno and Tatsuno-nishi interchanges. Visitors can swim here during the summer and enjoy clamming from early April to late June. When in season, visitors can dig up Japanese littleneck clams, razor clams, and other varieties, and during the Golden Week holidays, nearby parking areas are crammed with people looking to go clamming. An ocean festival and beach volley ball tournaments are held on the beach in summer.
  • Koshien Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Nishinomiyashi Koushienhama
    An artificial island located a 30-minute walk from Koshien Station on the Hanshin Main Line in Hyogo Prefecture. There's a park located at the beach which has a huge, 33-meter long slide; exercise facilities; a free to use multipurpose field (reservation required to use on weekends and holidays); shellfish gathering and surfer areas; and a barbecue space. There's also Accordia Garden Koshienhama, a golf practice facility with fully automated teeing and a sand trap practice area. There's also a rubber-ball baseball ground nearby, and the beach area is perfect for a whole day spent working up a sweat playing sports and enjoying recreational outdoor activities.

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